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15 Tattoos that are the perfect wedding ring alternative

Ally Hirschlag is a producer/actor/writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and buys way too many toys for her cats. She contributes to several publications, including Bustle, and The Nerve, and enjoys writing about all things woman. In her spar...

#1/15:

Save the date

#1/15:

Save the date

The idea of something binding two people together can be so many things besides a ring. This couple chose to use their wedding date as a constant reminder of their love. 

#3/15:

You're my inner circle

#3/15:

You're my inner circle

While this may mean something far more personal to this couple, to me, it says you and you alone make up my innermost circle. 

#4/15:

Same state sweethearts

#4/15:

Same state sweethearts

This couple met in high school and decided their "rings" should represent the state of Idaho because it brought them together.

#5/15:

Star Wars-style

#5/15:

Star Wars-style

The iconic lines Leia and Han say to each other right before he's frozen in carbonite. If that's not true love, I don't know what is. 

#6/15:

To "infinity"

#6/15:

To "infinity"

A simple symbol that says, "Our love is infinite." Perfect.

#7/15:

Your anchor

#7/15:

Your anchor

These two are each other's anchors holding them steady through life. I love that the anchors point toward the other to emphasize that. 

#8/15:

Lock and key

#8/15:

Lock and key

These lock and key wedding tattoos have a slightly eccentric twist (the skull on the key), but the message is clear — it's the key that opens their love. 

#9/15:

Celtic knots

#9/15:

Celtic knots

Celtic knots are classic because they mean interconnectedness of life and eternity. I particularly love how they stand out in these bold blues.

#10/15:

Name love

#10/15:

Name love

What better way to tell the world who you love than by having your ring finger do it? 

#11/15:

King and queen

#11/15:

King and queen

I've seen many a king and queen wedding tattoo, but none so subtle and elegant as these. Perhaps the couple are avid poker players?

#12/15:

Promises

#12/15:

Promises

A marriage is full of promises, far beyond what you say to each other in your vows. Keeping it on your finger is a perfect way to always remember that (and hopefully help you keep them). 

#13/15:

Till death...

#13/15:

Till death...

I know, I know, it seems macabre, but I absolutely love these skull tattoos because they evoke the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos. That's always a day of joy, love and celebration, just like a good marriage should be. 

#14/15:

The missing piece

#14/15:

The missing piece

This couple's missing Tetris piece tattoo is so cute I might just throw up. Also, kudos to them for bringing back Tetris. 

#15/15:

Only love

#15/15:

Only love

And finally, what says marriage more than this word? The fact that the couple's hands need to touch for the word to spell out love is the best kind of completed puzzle. 

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